U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2012 Annual Report

Product Type: 

Open-file Report

Year: 

2014

Author(s): 

Bowen, Z.H., C.L. Aldridge, P.J. Anderson, T.J. Assal, C.R. Bern, L.R.H. Biewick, G.K. Boughton, N.B. Carr, et al.

Suggested Citation: 

Bowen, Z.H., C.L. Aldridge, P.J. Anderson, T.J. Assal, C.R. Bern, L.R.H. Biewick, G.K. Boughton, N.B. Carr, et al.. 2014. U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2012 Annual Report. Open-file Report 2014-1093. Reston, VA: U.S. Geological Survey. 71 p.

Southwest Wyoming contains abundant energy resources, wildlife, habitat, open spaces, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Although energy exploration and development have been taking place in the region since the late 1800s, the pace of development for fossil fuels and renewable energy increased significantly in the early 2000s. This and the associated urban and exurban development are leading to landscape-level environmental and socioeconomic changes that have the potential to diminish wildlife habitat and other natural resources, and the quality of human lives, in Southwest Wyoming. The potential for negative effects of these changes prompted Federal, State, and local agencies to undertake the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative for Southwest Wyoming